Just like the old saying about the three most important aspects of real estate is location, location, location; the most important part of a job transition is Attitude, Attitude, Attitude.
Regardless of the reason you are initiating a job search it is important to keep a positive attitude about your former employer and people with whom and for whom you worked. Regardless of your experience you most likely learned at least one new thing to add to your “bag of tricks”, met one nice person, and were paid as you expected. Look for the positives and learn from the negatives, expressing only the positives to others. Develop your “reason for leaving statement” that you will consistently share others including friends, your network and with prospective employers during interviews. People prefer to be around other people who have and express a positive, yet realistic and genuine attitude.
When immersed in a job search, maintaining a positive attitude is critical. Within every search there are periods of doubt, concern and sometime depression over an apparent lack of appropriate jobs, unresponsive employers, extended periods between jobs and more. Only a positive attitude of expectancy will get you through these tough times. One of my favorite quotes from the Bible supports this perspective where it says, “For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future”. You should expect that through a diligently planned and executed marketing strategy an appropriate opportunity would be identified for which you are the perfect match. Even then however, it will take the right attitude to be noticed by an employer. My advice to my corporate clients is that they should hire attitude and train for skills. No amount of skills will offset a negative attitude and this negative attitude will soon affect co-workers, supervisors, clients and customers. Astute interviewers and employers understand this concept and have designed a behavioral interview questioning technique to identify appropriate and inappropriate attitudes and workplace behaviors.
Once you have landed your next opportunity it is imperative that you carry this positive attitude with you. Change of employers, procedures and responsibilities bring many challenges and opportunities. The attitude that you demonstrate to others around you will make the difference between your speedy acceptance and rejection by new co-workers, supervisors and customers. Colorado is an employment – at – will state allowing employers and employees to terminate the employment at any time with or without cause. In my many pre-termination and post-termination discussions with both employers and employees the most common reason for the action to terminate is a poor attitude. Although it is important to translate attitude into behaviors demonstrated, the bottom line is the right attitude is necessary to maintain a good fit within any company or work group.
Charles Swindol, a noted author and speaker says this about attitude; “The longer I live, the more I realize the importance of attitude on life. Attitude to me is more important than facts. It’s more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what people think or say or do. It’s more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company, a church or a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice each day regarding the attitude we embrace for that day. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it.”
And so it is with you…only you are in charge of your attitudes.